Tennis

Bhupati, Peas reach third round of US Open doubles

India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, with their respective partners, reached the third round of the US Open doubles.

On Friday in New York, the seventh seeded Peas along with his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy won against Eduardo Schwank óf Argentina and Italy's Potito Starace 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in 72 minutes. On the other hand, Bhupati and Bahamian Mark Knowles too gave a tough fight to Yves Allegro and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-3, 6-3 in 66 minutes.

South African Rik de Voest and Australian  Ashley Fisher who overcame No. 12 seeds and Roland Garros winners Pablo Cuevas and Luis Horna 7-6 (3), 6-2, are the next to be faced by Peas and Dlouhy.

Nadal stops Kiefer to win Toronto

Toronto - Nicolas Kiefer fell victim to the march of Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard claimed his fifth straight trophy of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the final of the Toronto Masters on Sunday.

The 31-year-old German has now gone a frustrating 140 matches without a title since lifting his last in Hong Kong eight years ago.

Nadal has climbed to within 300 ranking points of Roger Federer, who was stunned in his opening second-round match this week by France's Gilles Simon.

Nadal claimed his 29th consecutive victory since losing in Rome on May 7 to claim his second Canadian title after Montreal in 2005. (dpa)

India's Campaign At Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Ends

India's Campaign At Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Ends  India's challenge to win a mixed doubles title at the ongoing Wimbledon collapsed in the second round with all the four contenders losing out of the event.

India's Sania Mirza, paired with doubles ace and compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi, lost to the Russian pair of Igor Andreev and Maria Kirilenko in the second round mixed doubles match at grasscourt grand slam. The unseeded Russian pair beat the Indian combine 7-6 (4), 6-3.  

Roddick mounts ace attack for holder US

Winston-Salem, North Carolina - A confident Andy Roddick rained down 29 aces to give the defending champion US a 1-0 lead over France in the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals in a masterful display on Friday.

The number six Roddick put the hosts into command 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5) in just over two hours at the stadium where he led a victory over Spain at the same stage a year ago in the worldwide competition.

Llodra, substituting on a French team hit by the injury defections of Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet, put in his best effort - 25 aces - but it was not enough against the inspired local.

France slammed with loss of Gasquet and Tsonga

Winston-Salem, North Carolina - France limp into Friday's start of the Davis Cup World Group tie against the reigning champion US minus top hopes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet.

The injury absences - right knee for Australian Open finalist Tsonga and blisters for number 10 Gasquet - open the door for the US with Andy Roddick and James Blake both healthy.

The sixth-ranked Roddick will begin hostilities against the depleted visitors against substitute Michael Llodra, the French number two who won the Rotterdam title in February.

The pair last played in 2002, with Roddick winning in Delray Beach. Blake faces Tsonga's replacement, Paul-Henri Mahieu, in a repeat of a New Haven match won by the American last summer.

Andy Roddick ready for revenge in French Davis Cup face-off

Winston-Salem, North Carolina  -  Confident Andy Roddick will be seeking revenge for a five-set Wimbledon loss against Richard Gasquet as France travel to the American Deep South for a Davis Cup World Group quarter-final.

Roddick will be in action on Friday's opening day and at some point at the weekend will face off against his rival, who won 8-6 in the fifth set of their quarter-final last July on the grass.

"I owe Gasquet one from last year, and I look forward to that opportunity," said the American number six who beat Roger Federer in last week's Miami quarter-finals.

Sluggish Serena barely scrapes past Jankovic in Miami

Miami - Serena Williams smashed a racket and tossed away seven match points before finally limping to a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 title win Saturday at the Miami Masters against Jelena Jankovic.

The frustrated American claimed her fifth title at the event to pull level with Steffi Graf on the all-time list at Crandon Park.

Williams was struggling to control her private rage at the end of the two-hour, 25-minute struggle, which was punctuated by twice by her failure to serve out what had looked like a straightforward victory.

She finally got lucky on her third opportunity, screaming as she produced an overhead smash, which hit the mark to end the unaesthetic encounter.

Williams fury fuels fear for Jankovic

Miami - Serena WilliamsJelena Jankovic says she's forced to turn away in fear when muscular Serena Williams goes into attack mode, as the American did on Saturday to rescue a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 title win at the Miami Masters.

"It's like heavyweight champion and I'm a feather champion, you know? That's how I felt," said Jankovic, who saved seven match points. "I cannot match up against her.

"Just too much power for me to handle, especially on a good day where she's playing well."

Sluggish Serena Williams hangs on to beat weak Jelena Jankovic for Miami title

Miami - Serena Williams had to struggle to control two massive letdowns, barely scraping past an ailing Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 to win a fifth title at the Miami Masters on Saturday.

Jankovic, suffering with sinus congestion and taking antibiotics, was seen by the trainer early in the final set after staging an heroic fightback to lift the second set on a Williams double-fault.

Williams twice served for the match and wasted seven match points. In her frustration, she smashed a racket before finally limping home.

Williams now stands alongside Miami all-time champion Steffi Graf, who won the event five times in the late 1980s to mid 1990s.

Boris Becker wins joint custody of seven-year-old love child

London, Nov.9 : Former Wimbledon champion  Boris Becker has won joint custody of his seven-year-old love child Anna.

According to The Sun, 39-year-old Becker was said to be unhappy with the way Anna was being raised by her mother Angela Ermakova.

Originally, he needed Angela's permission to see his daughter, but now a court has given him permission to see his daughter whenever he wants.

Angela and Boris conceived Anna after a quickie in a broom cupboard of a posh London restaurant.

In a book out shortly before the six-hour hearing in London’s High Court, Becker said Ermakova was trying to make Anna “a little celebrity”.

Martina Hingis quits tennis over doping charge

Tennis star Martina HingisLondon, Nov.2 : Former World tennis Number One Martina Hingis has admitted to testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon, as she announced that was quitting the sport permanently.

The ex-world No1, 27, however, angrily denied taking the Class A drug at this year’s tournament.

But she told a press conference that the pressure of the investigation had forced her to quit tennis.

Hingis branded her position “horrendous” — insisting: “My only performance enhancer is the love of the game.




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